The author of The Boundaries of Their Dwelling argues that writers should be as open to influence during revision as they are at the beginning of a project.
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“It’s up to you to advocate for your books.” —Allie Rowbottom, author of Aesthetica
The author of The Boundaries of Their Dwelling counts the many ways a novelist may get lost, but ultimately find a way through, a book project.
“The most challenging thing, for me, was believing that it could be done.” —A. J. Bermudez, author of Stories No One Hopes Are About Them
“I am only able to write because of consistent and reliable childcare.” —Kate Baer, author of And Yet
The author of The White Mosque troubles the boundary between realist and genre fiction.
“The more you write, the more there will be to write about—so you’ve just gotta cut it off at some point!” —Franny Choi, author of The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On
The author of White Mosque considers how writing holds space for the accidental, the random, and the stray.
“The first draft is just telling the story to yourself.” —Jeanna Kadlec, author of Heretic
The author of The White Mosque charts the ambience of literary worlds.
“Fixed ideas are always problematic when it comes to writing fiction.” —Dani Shapiro, author of Signal Fires
The author of The White Mosque offers an ode to intertextuality.
A look at four new anthologies, including Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic and When the Smoke Cleared: Attica Prison Poems and Journals.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Extinction Theory by Kien Lam and Liberation Day by George Saunders.
While some literary magazines pay up to a few hundred dollars for literary work, many don’t pay at all. A published writer offers an overview of how to find paying markets, when to publish for free, and tips for a submission strategy.
Essays by debut authors Madhushree Ghosh, Sari Botton, David Santos Donaldson, Shareen K. Murayama, and Jane Campbell.
In her third novel, Our Missing Hearts, best-selling author Celeste Ng continues to explore the social and political pressures that shape family dynamics—this time in a story set in a contemporary dystopia that feels frighteningly familiar.
A curated list of twenty-two literary magazines that pay writers cash for their creative contributions.
The Fall 2022 issue of Crazyhorse will be the last under a name that the editors now recognize as a “longstanding appropriation of Lakota culture.”
The Oxford Dictionary of African American English, slated for release in 2025, will involve a three-year-long multidisciplinary research project compiling terms popularized by speakers of African American English.
Black Lawrence Press’s Immigrant Writing Series was launched in response to a lack of book-publication options for immigrant writers, whose unique perspectives might not resonate with nonimmigrant editors.
The author of In the Current Where Drowing Is Beautiful highlights five journals that first published her poems, including Peripheries and the Capilano Review.
Dallas artist Simeen Farhat crafts text-inspired sculptures in a complex process that blends literary and figurative composition and reminds viewers of language’s physicality.
Graywolf Press’s new publisher and executive director discusses the shifting landscape of literary publishing, her multidisciplinary career, and what collaboration means to her.
An organization founded and directed by Reginald Dwayne Betts seeks to bring the spirit of literature into prisons by installing libraries and inviting theater productions, book clubs, and world-class writers inside carceral walls.